For five decades, the artist and activist, poet and performer TJ Reddy has challenged, educated, and inspired the Charlotte community and beyond, through the power and beauty of his paintings and words. The Projective Eye Gallery is proud to present a retrospective of Reddy’s life of creativity in Everything is Everything June 30 – August 20, with an opening reception on July 20. The exhibition includes imagery from many different bodies of work – King Warrior Magician Lover, Psychological Castration, Blues Men and Women, Scenes for the Teacher, Family Portraits, Havoc in Haiti, Savanah Scenes, poetry books, and papers – all made during a courageous life triumphant in its affirmations.
There are four magic ingredients in every TJ Reddy painting: color, symbolism, narrative, and transformation. His work is often categorized as a kind of social realism; a better description may be a social surrealist, with a propensity towards nature and narrative.
In TJ Reddy's world, a person is never just a person; they are the sum of their experiences. The figure is always transparent, in the process of blossoming into other forms. Multiple characters are continually woven into intricate archetypes, and everything does become everything. There is also an omnipresent sense of the divine feminine. EVERYONE is there, together as one tapestry in time, weaving allegory and paradox; the knowing gives way to the creative journey of mystery.